A Milwaukee man found out the hard way that carrying a gun for protection doesn’t always keep you safe. In fact, it may have made him a target.
The 34-year-old man legally owned a handgun and carried it out in the open in his holster for protection.
Neighbors say they knew he was always armed.
“It was kind of scary to just see him walking around all the time with that gun kind of just out in the open,” said Shambria Mayham Autman. She lives near Teutonia and Good Hope and said they called him “The guy with the gun.”
But it wasn’t scary for at least one person who robbed “The guy with the gun” at gunpoint.
“I think he was trying to scare people off like, ‘Yeah, don’t mess with me,’ kind of attitude, but it didn’t work,” Mayham Autman explained.
The president of Wisconsin Carry, Nik Clark, says 100’s of thousands of people open carry and he’s never heard of anything like this.
“So it really is a very unusual situation, very unique,” Clark said.
The victim didn’t want to go on camera but said he carried the gun because he had been jumped and held up at knife point in the past. He believes, in his case, open carry made him a target and he will no longer do it.
He said his case proves gun owners should have the right to carry concealed weapons.
Clark agrees. “By and large it is a significant deterrent, open carry is, but I think it really does make the point that Wisconsin should have concealed carry along with open carry so that people who live in a very high crime neighborhood where criminals aren’t deterred by firearms would have the ability to conceal carry to protect themselves. The two really work hand in hand,” Clark said.
Perhaps someone can explain Nik Clark’s logic, because I’m not quite sure I understand how concealed carry will serve as a more effective deterrent than open carry.